This is the top view of the stand before the holes were cut. Notice how large sheets of paper were used to identify where the holes should go. The holes were traced from the bottom of the tank onto the paper.
The corners and the sides were braced so that the force coming down would be directed toward the vertical two by fours.
This stand was built from douglas fir, and painted using an oil based paint. The top is made from particle board. At a later point, I anticipate that I will use an oak veneer to finish off the tank. At this time, it is really low on my priority list.
The top of the tank after the holes were drilled. Holes were drilled with hole saws, and a jigsaw was used for the rectangles.